Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

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Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in Sydney, Australia, owned and operated by Roslyn Oxley and her husband Tony Oxley. The gallery has been a longstanding contributor to international art fairs,[1] and supporter of contemporary art.[2] Artists represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery include Isaac Julien, Yayoi Kusama and many recent representatives for Australia and New Zealand at the Venice Biennale.[3]


The gallery opened in Macdonald Street, Paddington, in March 1982 with an exhibition of paintings by Gareth Sansom. The gallery's second exhibition was part of the Biennale of Sydney, when gallery artist Juan Davila's multi-panel work Stupid as a Painter quickly gained notoriety.[4]

In 1990, the gallery moved to its current location in Soudan Lane, Paddington, opening with an exhibition of paintings by John Nixon. That year the gallery was invited to participate at Art Cologne, the first of many involvements at international art fairs.[1]

In 1993, Jenny Watson became the first Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery artist to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale, with subsequent artists being Bill Henson (1995), Patricia Piccinini (2003), Callum Morton (2007), Hany Armanious (2011) and Fiona Hall (2015). Representing New Zealand have been gallery artists Jacqueline Fraser (2001), Michael Parekowhai (2011) and Bill Culbert (2013). During the 1980s and 1990s, gallery artists were also selected for the Venice Biennale's 'Aperto' section, including Dale Frank (1984), Maria Kozic (1986) and Tracey Moffatt (1997).

Another hallmark of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery has been the regular exhibition of artists not represented by the gallery.[5] These have included Marc Newson (1986), Harry Seidler (1992, 2004), Pierre et Gilles (1995), Erwin Olaf (1996), Robert Mapplethorpe (1996, 1997, 2000), William Yang (1997), Mariko Mori (1997), Elmgreen and Dragset (2000), Tracey Emin (2004), Hernan Bas (2007) and Michael Bell-Smith (2007).

In January 2013, Roslyn Oxley and Tony Oxley were awarded Medals of the Order of Australia for their services to the country's visual arts and the community.[6]


Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery represents a diverse list of over 40 contemporary artists, and the estates of Robert Campbell Junior, Rosalie Gascoigne and Bronwyn Oliver. The gallery has nurtured the international careers of Australian artists such as A Constructed World, Fiona Hall, Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, David Noonan and Patricia Piccinini, and has actively promoted the work of international artists such as Wim Delvoye, Isaac Julien, Teppei Kaneuji and Yayoi Kusama.[7]

As well as the Venice Biennale, gallery artists have often exhibited at major international surveys, including the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Daniel Boyd, Destiny Deacon, Fiona Hall, Newell Harry, Tracey Moffatt, Bronwyn Oliver, Michael Parekowhai, Gareth Sansom, Kathy Temin and Rohan Wealleans); the Auckland Triennial (Fiona Hall, Callum Morton, Michael Parekowhai, Julie Rrap and Kathy Temin); the Berlin Biennale (Patricia Piccinini); the Biennale of Sydney (James Angus, Hany Armanious, Destiny Deacon, Mikala Dwyer, Dale Frank, Rosalie Gascoigne, Fiona Hall, Newell Harry, Lindy Lee, Tracey Moffatt, TV Moore, Callum Morton, David Noonan, Michael Parekowhai, Patricia Piccinini, Julie Rrap, Gareth Sansom, Vivienne Shark LeWitt, Jenny Watson, Rohan Wealleans, John Wolseley, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu and Anne Zahalka); the Busan Biennale (Hany Armanious, TV Moore, Callum Morton and David Noonan); documenta (Tony Clark, Destiny Deacon and Fiona Hall); the Gwangju Biennale (Tracey Moffatt, Michael Parekowhai and Patricia Piccinini); the Istanbul Biennial (Newell Harry) and David Noonan); the Liverpool Biennial (Tracey Moffatt and Patricia Piccinini); Biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon (Tracey Moffatt); Manifesta (Kathy Temin); the Moscow Biennale (Fiona Hall); São Paulo Art Biennial (Michael Parekowhai); the Singapore Biennale (Tracey Moffatt); the Tate Triennial (David Noonan); and the Yokohama Triennale (Destiny Deacon).

International Artists at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery[edit]

Artist name Year(s) Nationality
Joyce Stillman-Myers 1982 United States
William Tillyer 1982 United Kingdom
John Bellany 1983, 1987 United Kingdom
Susan Hiller 1983 United States
Anthony Howell 1984 United Kingdom
Keith Haring 1986 United States
David Tremlett 1988 United Kingdom
Brice Marden 1989 United States
Issey Miyake (designer) 1990 Japan
Pierre et Gilles 1995 France
Erwin Olaf 1996 The Netherlands
Young British Artists group show 1996 United Kingdom
Robert Mapplethorpe 1997, 2000 United States
Mariko Mori 1997 Japan
Yayoi Kusama 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009 Japan
Tracey Emin 2004 United Kingdom
Michael Bell-Smith 2007 United States
Teppei Kaneuji 2009, 2011, 2013 Japan
Isaac Julien 2010, 2014 United Kingdom
Wim Delvoye 2012 Belgium
Jim Lambie 2015 United Kingdom

Exhibition of Bill Henson works[edit]

In May 2008, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery was preparing for an exhibition of the works of artist Bill Henson. The subjects of some works included nude teenage children. Following public complaints to the New South Wales police by eight individuals, including a complaint made by Hetty Johnston, a child protection advocate (from the organization Bravehearts),[8] police raided the gallery and took into custody over 20 of Henson's photographs.[9] The police considered whether the gallery or Henson may have committed an offence of "production, dissemination or possession of child pornography".[10] In the following days, ACT Policing also seized Henson works, held by the National Gallery of Australia, for consideration under separate legislation.[11] Around two weeks after the photographs were taken from the gallery by police, prosecutors recommended against the laying of charges. The incident sparked national debate, and some other galleries, including Newcastle Art Gallery and Albury Art Gallery, removed Henson works from their walls.[9][8]

In May 2010, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery hosted another show of Henson's work. The gallery submitted some of the works to the Australian Classification Board prior to exhibition, to obtain a classification. The Board concluded that the images would be "unlikely to offend a reasonable adult".[12]

Art fairs[edit]

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery participated in the inaugural Melbourne Art Fair in 1988, and since 1990 has been especially active in the international arena. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery appeared for seven consecutive years at Art Cologne (1990–96, 2012). In 1996 it was invited to Art Basel in Basel, appearing for 13 consecutive years. There have been regular appearances at Art Forum Berlin (1997–98, 2010), ARCO (2000–02), The Armory Show (2000–04, 2006), Art Hong Kong (2010–14) and the VIP Art Fair (2011–12). In 2013, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery was the only Australian gallery to exhibit at Frieze New York.[13] The same year it was selected by the international editors of Time Out as one of the highlights of Art Basel Hong Kong.[14]


Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery's extensive photographic archive has contributed to a number of exhibition catalogues, monographs and artist books, including:



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  9. ^ a b Walker, Frank; Heath Gilmore (25 May 2008). "Gallery under angry siege". Sun-Herald. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Perkin, Corrie; Michael Pelly (7 June 2008). "Bill Henson fight will rage on despite the law". The Australian. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Wynhausen, Elisabeth (31 May 2008). "Moral crusaders play to gallery". The Australian. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Taylor, Andrew (25 April 2010). "Gallery submits Bill Henson's latest images to censors before new show". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Forrest, Nicholas. Blouin ARTINFO Retrieved 23 April 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Jefferson, Dee (22 May 2013). "Art Basel: Time Out international editors' picks". Timeout. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 

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